18 January 2011

tolosa

I lived in Tolosa for my first eight years in Spain. This is where my kids were born (well technically they were born in San Sebastian- the anesthesiologist in Tolosa only worked six hours a day and I couldn´t risk it.), I learned Spanish, had a language academy, and walked up a mountain every day (you should have seen my tush). This is also where I learned to be  diplomatic, the merits of humility, and what a tomato really tastes like. I guess you could say this is where I finally grew up.


I´ve been really busy this past week and it doesn´t seem like it´s going to slow down for a couple more. I´ll be around soon. Don´t eat all the cookies! 


Big hugs!

44 comments:

Begoña said...

oOhh, so beautiful pictures. I'm really happy you've left a comment on my blog so i can find you. Lovely, lovely pictures. Nice to meet you, Jane!!!

kpaints said...

Just love the beautiful photos! The light on those buildings, the simple photo of the man by himself, love them all. Thanks for sharing your world!

RosaMaría said...

such beautiful place Jane! and you sounds so proud of it!

really I love your fotos BIG!!

anushka said...

haha! you're so funny. i love it when you add a little text to your gorgeous photos. what a magical place to be born.

Guusje said...

I will eat all the cookies!
lovely road down to memory lane
A big kiss,
Guusje

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Okay for the cookies.
I think this post like is like a gift... a gift to know you better, to understand why you see people so kindly...
I like this post (and the beautiful photos... and the cookiiiiiies).

Holli said...

I feel like I was there.. just for a moment... with your photos... thank you!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love all of those. The beret is great.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what stunning shots! I definitely need to visit Spain again.

Purple Flowers said...

What a beautiful life you lead! Your photos bring to life the everyday in Spain...and I love it.
Thank you so much for sharing your love of Spain!

Victoria said...

Tolosa looks wonderful. What a great place to 'grow up' in - lucky you.

Don said...

Thanks for these beautiful pictures.
Makes me want to go!

tanïa said...

Beautiful place to be! Maybe I should go and grow up there (or somewhere else so lovely) for the second time? ;o)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

the mural is convincing. nice to learn this part of your life in spain.

inna karenina said...

looks like such a beautiful place!

Francesca said...

You ran a language academy? What language? :)

Loree said...

Your photos are always so beautiful. Wow, you ran a language academy? I wish I was a bit more like you - brave enough to embrace all my dreams.

L'Atelier said...

i really really love the light in the photos. nr4 is my favorite - i think.

its amazing how a foreign place sneaks into ones heart and settles there forever isnt it?
see you soon again
xo

likeschocolate said...

Maybe you have told your story before, but I would love to know how a girl from the Eas Coast met a boy from Spain and fell in love. What did your parents think when you told them you were going to live in Spain? Please do tell!!!

Bichos da Matos said...

You're a wonderful ambassadress from Spain;-) beijinhos

Christy said...

beautiful photos!

Leslie said...

Gorgeous. But I can't promise anything about those yummy looking cookies...

Joyce said...

Ah, Jane I just told my husband tonight, I'm cashing in on my 401k and running to Spain to live! After seeing this photos, wait till I tell him I am serious. smile... xo

Ocean Girl said...

Too beautiful, they invoke all kinds of feelings, nostalgic, melancholic, longing. And thank you for the "history" of the place. I enjoyed it.

Mlle Paradis said...

lucky you to "grow up" and start your family in a place like this. it looks like the real deal!

loving your new big pictures - just get in touch will you when you figure out "mosaics"! (something that's still a beautiful mystery to me!)

Zosia said...

I love all your photos, but today my favourite one is the silhouette of the old man against the backdrop of the yellow building. Wonder what he is thinking about, maybe he is reminiscing about his first kiss or thinking about his garden and what to plant this spring or just sitting there watching the life around him.

ibb said...

Take care and when you have a moment, we could met for a coffee.

Dorte said...

what a beatiful place, Jane. Love the one of the man w the beret :)

D@ny B@rello said...

That wonderful pic's and that awesome site.....
one big hug
Dany

bicocacolors said...

Desde luego como embajadora eres la bomba Jane!!
que entrañable me ha parecido este paseo, gracias gracias!!!

laméditerraine said...

Wow Jane your pictures are always sooo beautiful, they remind me a lot of the inner Euskadi, of their old traditions and their people essence.
Did you learn euskera too? It must be complicated but interesting :)
Big kisses, the light in your pictures is amazing.

Arctic Mum said...

Ah, I love these. You may remember I was in Valencia last year. For Easter we're off to Spain again...the Canaries that is. Two weeks of sun, pool, beach, books and not much else!

Janis said...

That is beautiful Jane... and what a place to feel your adult-self grow again, and become more of who you are... besos

Theresa said...

Wow Jane. I love your story on this one.

cate said...

what a gorgeous place to live, jane. do you miss it? i mean besides the amazing tush part of it all- cuz we all know that must be remembered with love and appreciation!

denise said...

So beautiful. SOunds like home.

Entre Nous said...

I LOVE your photos, it's like being there, and being snowed in again I need to be somewhere else!

Cookies, someone mention cookies? :}}

anna said...

What a beautiful place to 'grow up' (I wonder what mine will be ;).
Not an easy job to 'merge' into another culture, but I have a feeling you did a great job!

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a beautiful place. The photos are so vibrant and inviting. Thanks for the tour.
xo jj

bigBANG studio said...

Jane, you're a hero. If you could have CHILDREN and learn a new LANGUAGE and start a SCHOOL and walk up that HILL in Spain it gives me hope for conquering this whole India thing.

Well done. Very, very well done.
xo.

la casita said...

it's beautiful, what a great place to grow up!

Anne Marie said...

I loooove Navajas!!! And your photos make me miss Asturias. I was suppose to go this summer but we have to postpone it.

Thank you for your nice compliment on my photos!

Cobalt Violet said...

Awesome.
Sheesh.
;)

Christy said...

All your photos are lovely, but this group is some of my faves. I keep coming back to them! Gorgeous!

You're missing quite a storm here tonight missy. Lucky you!

Good luck in the photo contest! You totally deserve to WIN IT ALL!